Month: December 2005

Keeping the Devil in Christmas

Boring. “Have you read a good Buddhist novel lately?” That question was put to a friend of mine years ago by a Princeton University PhD candidate. The focus of her studies was early, modern Japanese literature (including Buddhist writing), and frankly, it was pretty boring stuff.  She was discovering Buddhism lacks one element that makes …

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Stealing Past Dragons

Imagination and meaning. The scientifically studied odds of you changing an unhealthy or life-threatening habit are nine to one against you.1  This revelation unnerved many people in the audience in November of 2004 at IBM’s “Global Innovation Outlook” conference.  The company’s top executives had invited the most farsighted thinkers they knew from around the world …

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